The recenty icy weather has caused a massive 40% increase in road damage, pushing the number of potholes in the UK up to 1.5 million, according to the AA.
Damaged tyres and wheels, even ruptured suspensions, are causing more grief for motorists than a few days of snow ever did.
And it’s tyres and wheels which will continue to suffer the brunt of the pain as the state of the nations roads becomes a growing issue for concern.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: ‘Once again the fabric of our local roads is a major cause for concern with surfaces crumbling and drivers and riders at risk of damage to their vehicles and even themselves.
‘We have indeed had a bad winter but the poor state of our local roads has visibly got worse in recent weeks.
”Ultimately we will all pay more through having to once again patch and mend, and then pay out compensation rather than fixing the underlying poor condition of many of our roads.
‘I urge all drivers and ridrs to take care – an innocuous looking puddle may actually be a deep pothole that places you and your vehicle at risk.’
Katherine Clarkson, etyres National Accounts